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State eases some COVID-19 restrictions, city to follow suit

Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday extended the state’s ongoing Safe Return orders with a few amendments relaxing restrictions as the state continues to work to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Under the amended Safe Return order, group gathering limitations are now at no more than 10 indoors or 50 outdoors when social distancing is not possible. If people are able to social distance, group gatherings are set at no more than 20 indoors or 100 outdoors.

Maximum capacity has also been increased to 75 percent for retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, and seated dinners at reception halls and conference centers. Party sizes in restaurants are now limited to 10 people per table, and gyms can be open 24 hours a day.

The order is now extended through Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Following the governor’s announcement, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced he would amend the city’s civil emergency orders to reflect the state’s changes and would announce the revised order during a press conference Monday afternoon.

Flaggs said the city’s orders would continue through at least Oct. 5.

You can view Flaggs’ press conference live on The Vicksburg Post’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thevicksburgpost.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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